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  • Locations: Alnwick, United Kingdom; Edinburgh, United Kingdom; London, United Kingdom; Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 02/15/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Program Description:
 

Program Overview

Glenfinnan Viaduct

Travel Dates: June 26 - July 6, 2018

First published in 1997 by author J. K. Rowling, the Harry Potter book series has since grown into a worldwide phenomenon selling over 450 million copies in more than 73 languages and spurring one of the most popular film series in history. While many view the Harry Potter novels as children's literature, there are also many mature underlying themes that merit a deeper textual reading. As part of course LIT 3301 Cultural Studies and Pop Arts, students will join Dr. Ann Basso in studying the Harry Potter novels from an academic standpoint while visiting some of the real-life sites in London and Scotland that inspired the novels or were featured in the film series. Join us this summer and take the magic out of the page and into reality!  

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Location

London Night Skyline
June 26-30, 2018 London, England

Edinburgh Castle
July 1-6, 2018 Edinburgh, Scotland

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Host Institution

 CEPA Europe Logo
Customized Educational Programs Abroad (CEPA) Europe is a German-based company specializing in organizing logistics for university level study abroad programs. USFSP has contracted with CEPA to provide engaging group activities, excursions, and tour guides as well as logistics for the program.

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Academic Program and Course Information

 Divinity School Oxford
Course Approval Form: Students must download and complete a form as part of the application process.Click here to download.

Available Courses: LIT 3301 Cultural Studies and Pop Arts, 3 credits

Credit Type: Direct USFSP credit

***In order to receive full credit for the program courses, students must attend any class meetings listed and complete an online pre-departure orientation in CANVAS. A link to access the orientation will be sent to students' USF email addresses prior to departure.*** 

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Faculty

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Dr. Ann Basso
Adjunct Instructor of English
Office: HBR 120
Email: abasso@usf.edu

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Program Costs


Alnwick Castle

Program Charge: $4,100.00

Included:

  • Accompaniment and on-site program direction by USFSP instructor
  • Double occupancy hotel accommodations with private bathrooms
  • Breakfast daily, welcome group dinner at a traditional pub in London, and farewell group dinner in Edinburgh
  • Local bi-lingual guides arranged exclusively for the group to provide guided tours of each city
  • Accompaniment by CEPA coordinator to all program visits and excursions 
  • All program related in-country transportation
  • Health insurance for duration of program
  • Group excursions (see below)
  • Tuition--up to 3 credit hours (program courses)
Included Activities and Excursions:*
  • Ride on the London Eye, the largest Ferris Wheel in Europe 
  • Private guided Harry Potter themed walking tours of London, Oxford, and Edinburgh
  • Admission to historic fortress Tower of London
  • Hop-on hop-off bus tour of London
  • Cruise on the River Thames
  • Entrance to Warner Bros. Studio Tour "The Making of Harry Potter"
  • Admission to the London Zoo
  • Train ticket from London to Edinburgh
  • Admission to Edinburgh Castle and Alnwick Castle
  • Private bus tour of Scottish Highlands region
  • Ride on The Jacobite steam train (subject to availabilty)
*Subject to change.

Not Included:

  • Airfare to and from Europe
  • Transportation from and to airport/train station at beginning and end of program
  • Personal spending expenses
  • Meals not listed above
  • Passport or visa expenses--non-US passport holders are responsible for checking the entry requirements of The European Union for their country of citizenship and procuring/purchasing any required visas.

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Living Arrangements*

*Double occupancy hotel accommodations with private bathrooms. Hotels subject to change.

June 26-30, 2018 (London, United Kingdom)
Lancaster Gate Hotel

July 1-6, 2018 (Edinburgh, United Kingdom)
ibis Edinburgh Centre South Bridge
 

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Who Can Participate?

This program is open to all students in the USF system. There are no prerequisites for the program, but students must be in good academic standing with the university.

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How and When to Pay

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Payment Schedule:

Payment Amount Due Due Date
Confirmation $500.00 5 days after committing to program or application deadline, whichever is first. 
Payment #1 $900.00 March 25, 2018
Payment #2 $1,800.00 April 25, 2018
Final Payment $900.00 May 25, 2018
Total $4,100.00  


Payment Instructions (only after you have completed you have been accepted to the program and commit in the study abroad system):

Once you have been accepted to your program of choice, you will be asked to confirm your participation in the program by hitting the Commit button on your personal application page. Having confirmed your participation, the USFSP Education Abroad Office will place charges on your OASIS account. Students will be asked to make a confirmation payment toward the Study Abroad Program Cost (SAPC). Generally, this payment is $500, although certain programs may have alternate payment requirements as indicated on the specific program website.

Once you have committed to the program, you are financially liable for the Study Abroad Program Cost. Please carefully read your program-specific payment requirements as well as the Financial Terms and Conditions for your relevant program.

To make the payment:

ON-LINE
(Please note: Do not use the on-line payment option if you have other outstanding charges on your account, as any payment will automatically be credited toward your on-campus charges)
Step 1: Go to USF Single-SignOn
Step 2: Log in using your USF Net ID.
Step 3: Click on OASIS on the top menu.
Step 4: On the Main Menu, go to "Student"
Step 5: On the Student Menu, go to "Tuition & Fees"
Step 6: Click on "Student Bill Payment" PLEASE NOTE: The USF Cashier's Office charges a 2.5% "convenience fee" for using a credit or bank card. If you use an online check you will not be charged the additional fee.  They no longer accept VISA.

IN PERSON
Step 1: Email the USFSP Education Abroad Office at studyabroad@usfsp.edu for a payment form. The form must be completed and signed by an authorized member of the Education Abroad Office.
Step 2: Take payment form to the USFSP Cashier's Office (BAY 132). You may pay only pay with check, cash or money order in person.  Checks are payable to USF.
Step 3: Please keep a record of your payment for your records.

Post-Commitment Cancellation Policy:

You are liable for $100 plus non-recoverable program costs if you cancel at least 91 days prior to departure.*
You are liable for $300 plus non-recoverable program costs if you cancel 61 to 90 days prior to departure.*
You are liable for up to 100% of the program fee if you cancel 60 days or less prior to departure.*

Students must email studyabroad@usfsp.edu to notify USFSP Education Abroad of their cancellation.

*Education Abroad will assess on a case-by-case basis the non-recoverable costs of the program for which the student is liable. Non-recoverable costs may exceed to-date funds collected by USFSP Education Abroad at time of student's withdraw from the program.

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Getting There

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Once the minimum enrollment has been met, the USFSP Education Abroad Office will release the suggested flight itinerary. Do not purchase your flight prior to this. Students are encouraged to travel on the suggested flight itinerary, but it is not required. This program begins in London and ends in Edinburgh. Students are responsible for organizing all transportation to London and from Edinburgh including airport transfers. Students are responsible for reserving and purchasing international transportation to and from Europe.

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Medical Insurance and Travel Documentation

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USF provides program participants with sickness/accident and emergency medical evacuation insurance valid for the dates of the program. Those who will travel independently, either in advance of the program or after the program ends, must ensure that they have insurance coverage valid outside the U.S.

Please click here for more detailed information.

All participants must be in possession of a valid U.S. Passport or a valid passport from their country of residence. Passports must have an expiration date at least 6 months after the student's scheduled return to the U.S. U.S. citizens are not required to have a visa to enter France. Non-U.S. citizens should check with their own country's consulate regarding visa requirements for France. Non-US citizens should also check-in with the USF International Services Office to ensure reentry to the US.

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Safety & Health

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Participant's safety and well-being are paramount to USF. Please click here for detailed country-specific safety and health information given in our Country Study Report. Make sure to read up on country-specific information on the U.S. Department of State and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites.

The phone number for police/fire/ambulance emergency services–the equivalent of 911 in the United States–is 999 in the United Kingdom.

The United Kingdom is politically stable and has a modern infrastructure but shares with the rest of the world an elevated threat of terrorist incidents of international origin. The UK, like other foreign governments, has taken actions to guard against terrorist attacks of this nature, including arrests of suspected extremists allegedly involved in terrorist plots. Credible information indicates terrorist groups continue plotting possibly near term attacks in Europe.  All European countries remain potentially vulnerable to attacks from transnational terrorist organizations.  There is also the potential for isolated violence related to the political situation in Northern Ireland.

Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence.  Avoid areas of demonstrations if possible, and be careful within the vicinity of demonstrations.  Stay current with media coverage of local events and be aware of your surroundings at all times.

The United Kingdom and Gibraltar benefit from generally low crime rates.  As you would anywhere, you should: 

  • Be cautious and aware of your surroundings.
  • Be vigilant as pickpocketing, mugging, and “snatch and grab” theft of mobile phones, watches, and jewelry can occur. 
  • Do not leave bags unattended in restaurants, pubs, hotel lobbies and parked cars.
  • Be alert to other criminal schemes, such as imposters posing as undercover police officers and "fining" tourists for bogus minor offenses. A legitimate Metropolitan Police Services officer will never demand an immediate cash payment.
  • Use only licensed Black Cabs or pre-ordered car services (minicabs). Unlicensed taxis or private cars posing as taxis may offer low fares, but in some instances, travelers have been robbed or sexually assaulted while using these cars. The Safer Travel at Night partnership among the Metropolitan Police, Transport for London, and the mayor of London maintains a website with additional information on cabs and car services.
  • Avoid using ATMs that look temporary in structure or location, since they may not be legitimate, or that are located in isolated areas.
  • Use ATM machines located inside a bank branch. 

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Financial Aid and Scholarship Funding

Many funding opportunities are available to USF students who are planning to study abroad. Please see our funding page for further details.

Note: The summer semester application deadline for Education Abroad scholarships is 2/16/2018. You must be accepted and committed to the program and pay your confirmation payment in order to be considered for scholarships (separate application). This takes processing time. You must submit all parts of your program application by February 1st if you plan to also apply for scholarships.
 

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Special Terms

Students should carefully review the Education Abroad Participant Contract, included in the Education Abroad application process. It describes students' responsibilities with regard to participation, and includes information on insurance, and cancellation and refund policies. Students will be asked to electronically sign this document. To view this document before applying, please click here.

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Contacts for More Information

Visit USFSP Education Abroad at: www.usfsp.edu/abroad

Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/usfspeducationabroad

Questions regarding study abroad, program enrollment, registration and payments:

Joseph Kenny
Academic Program Specialist
Global Initiatives Office
University of South Florida St. Petersburg
140 Seventh Avenue South, BAY 204K
727-873-4270
studyabroad@usfsp.edu

Questions regarding academics and courses:

Dr. Ann Basso
Adjunct Instructor of English
Office: HBR 120
Email: abasso@usf.edu

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